The Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Barbados-based Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) to improve the coverage and sharing of information about climate change issues in the region.
“The MOU aims to strengthen the Centre’s partnership with regional media and create synergies at senior levels, as it carries out its mandate to provide effective solutions and projects to combat climate change in the region,” according to a statement released by the CCCCC, noting that the initiative will begin with the CBU’s 49th Annual General Assembly scheduled for Jamaica from August 13-15, this year,
It said this partnership is even more critical, following the 2017 hurricane season, “as it provides opportunities for the Centre and Caribbean media to share the experiences that will come from more frequent and intense natural hazards, extreme weather events like hurricanes and droughts, the effects of which are becoming more visible and affecting a growing number of countries in the region”.
The cooperation agreement, which was signed by CCCCC executive director Dr. Kenrick Leslie and CBU’s Secretary General, Sonia Gill, is also aimed at establishing a pact by which the Belize –based organisation will engage with CBU members through virtual and face to face encounters in a number of areas.
These include science writing training for journalists and journalistic writing for scientists, sensitising various stakeholders including the membership and policymakers to climate change, collaborating on the production and broadcast of information products related to issues surrounding climate change, and collaborating on activities relating to 2018 Annual General Assembly.
The CBU said that the CCCCC will provide experts for the fora to be presented during the CBU Assembly under the theme: “Building Resilience to Climate Change: Business, Technology and Content Options for Caribbean Media”.